Pinellas Park PD arrest man after homicide investigation

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (WFLA) – Pinellas Park Police Department has made an arrest after a homicide investigation about a man found dead in a dumpster on November 19.

Investigators have charged Corey Dean Palmer Watkins with the second degree murder of Will Joe Hodges after they identified his fingerprints at the scene in the victim’s blood.

Watkins told police he had no knowledge of Hodges’ death, even though he had previously stayed at the location where his body was found in a dumpster.

Watkins has previous arrests for domestic battery and drug possession.

He was booked into Pinellas County Jail early Sunday with no bond amount determined. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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